What We can Learn from Aaron Rodgers’ Lifestyle Changes

aaron rodgers training routine, aaron rodgers healthy lifestyle, how to train like an athleteAaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, was recently interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. It was a fascinating interview where he spoke about the changes he recently made in his diet and his lifestyle.

A couple years ago, Rodgers stated that when his contract was up in 2019, he might retire at the age of 36. After making changes to his diet and lifestyle over the last couple years, he feels he can play well into his 40s.

What did he change?

  • He increased his average night’s sleep from 6.5 hours to 7.5-8 hours.
  • He started practicing hot yoga.
  • He cut out most coffee and caffeine.
  • He changed his diet to be healthier, following the 80-20 rule, meaning he eats healthy 80% of the time.
  • Additionally, he drinks much more water than he used to.
  • Lastly, he started incorporating Earthing into his routine, which is defined as “connecting to the Earth’s natural, negative surface charge by being barefoot outside or in bare skin contact with conducive systems indoors while you sleep, relax or work.”

What stood out most was the fact that this person, who has devoted his life to being an elite athlete and spends his days working out and training to be stronger, faster and better, realized it wasn’t enough for achieving optimal performance. It wasn’t until he decided to change his lifestyle and become healthy that he became a better athlete and feels so good that he feels he can keep playing years beyond when he thought he could.

All too often, we tend to focus on practice, strength and conditioning. Those things are important, but if you don’t look at your overall health, you are significantly limiting your potential. Even elite athletes can’t ignore the benefits of improving your overall health.

If you can optimize the internal aspects of your health, it will make you better at your sport and make training hours much more efficient and productive.

Here at Momentum Sports Therapy, we believe that proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are at the core of performing your best, whether you are a professional athlete or not.

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How to Avoid Overtraining

One of the biggest problems I see with my patients who do a lot of training is that they overtrain. They vastly underestimate the importance of taking time to recover and let their bodies heal. It’s easy to think that more is better, so they are constantly pushing their body to the max. Unfortunately, that’s when the most injuries occur.

how to avoid overtraining, overtraining for a marathon, endurance sports overtrainingDuring training you are actually breaking down the muscles in your body. Your body intelligently responds by rebuilding them stronger than they were before. However, your muscles don’t get stronger while you are working out. It’s when you are resting that you get stronger, faster, bigger, etc. That recovery time is so important for increased performance, as well as for avoiding injury.

It’s pretty simple when it comes down to it. If you are constantly breaking your body down and not allowing sufficient recovery time, you are going to injure yourself. The most common times I see this is with people who are training for endurance sports, like a marathon or triathlon, as well as people who do a lot of weight training. Quantity is not as important as quality.

All of the endurance athletes know the importance of tapering before a competition or race. The reason taper is so important is for the same reasons I described above. However, few people take that mentality into the rest of their training. If you don’t allow yourself time during your training to recover, you run the risk of injury. Increasing recovery time before a big race allows your body to be 100% for race day. Don’t you think it would be wise to try and be 100% for each training day? The more recovered you are for each training day, the harder you can push yourself, which results in making quicker gains in speed, power, and strength. Too often, endurance athletes get to their taper period injured. This time in the training schedule should be used to make sure the body is 100%, not crossing your fingers that your pain will go away.

Another key factor that intensifies over-training is lack of proper nutrition. What you eat and put in your body is the fuel your body uses when you are training. Proper nutrition plays an immense role in how you are going to perform, how effective your training is, and your likelihood of getting injured. Just like a car that needs the right fuel to run properly, if you aren’t putting the right fuel in your body, you put yourself at a much higher risk of getting injured.

Overtraining is much more common than people think. It’s something that I see frequently. Some common symptoms of over-training include always feeling tired or sluggish, having an increased heart rate, not recovering from previous workouts, chronic pain, and/or not feeling energized after you exercise.

As you are training, be sure to build in time to recover. You have to listen to your body to know what it needs. This will help you avoid injury and increase performance.

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